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good bye to the little black car

Many of you knew our little black car. It was a 1996 Geo Prizm, twin to the Toyota Corolla Sprinter, built in the NUMMI plant in California during the height of the “captive import” craze. We were its second owners, … Continue reading

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question of the day!

This beautiful little watercolor by Beatrix Potter, an illustration for her story “The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan”, raises a question worthy of deep consideration, particularly for small dogs and those of us who have the souls … Continue reading

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on a canopic jar

Canopic jars are my favorite Egyptian art thing.  There’s no point here in going into (the many gross and fascinating) details about the process of mummification or about my childhood fascination with Wallis Budge’s The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian … Continue reading

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in the catbird seat, or the mystery bird uncovered

It all started earlier this summer when I saw an unfamiliar grey bird under the bird feeder in my next door neighbors’ front yard.  Now, I have been living in this house for 27 years this week, and have been … Continue reading

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happy chinese new year!

Things I thought about doing in the blog today to celebrate Chinese New Year: Say “Gong hey fat choy!” as we were taught in elementary school social studies, because that is how you say “Happy New Year” in Chinese. Point … Continue reading

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i wish i was more of a jerk

I wish I was more of a jerk. I probably would be a better photographer.  Unfortunately, at least for my image output, I actually have some manners.  These were taught to me as a kid, and like so many annoying … Continue reading

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on the events of the day

On the events of June 26th, 2015 This blog was designed from the beginning to be non political. Indeed, one of its primary goals was to be a safe haven from politics, a quotidian quiet spot to consider words and … Continue reading

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earwigs and phil hartman

I just opened the front door to bring in the mail, and there was a giant, disgusting earwig in the mailbox. And that made me think of Troy McClure, and of how we may remember him from such other nature … Continue reading

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internet sunday: that crazy montreal

As car week draws to a close, let’s take a dive into my Pinterest “car stuff” board for a quick look at one of my personal dream cars. This louvered Italian beauty from the ’70s is the not particularly famous … Continue reading

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cars and car spotting: the point system

This is not a car spotting blog, but we do quite a bit of it.  Occasionally point totals are offered as part of the fun, and enough people have asked about how the point system works that I thought I’d … Continue reading

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